Talk on Environmental and Social Impact of China's Rise to Power

Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Joshua Muldavin will be the guest speaker at a public forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13 in the Reisinger Concert Hall on the campus. The presentation, "From Rural Transformation to Global Integration: the Real Story About China's Rise to Superpower and its Environmental and Social Impacts Throughout the World," is free and open to the public.

A professor of Asian Studies and Human Geography, Muldavin is an internationally acclaimed authority on environmental policy, particularly with regard to China and the Himalayan region. The program is co-sponsored by the College, the Bronxville League of Women Voters and the Westchester Chapter of the United Nations Association. For additional information, please call 914/395-2412, 779-8354.

Muldavin’s lecture will address China’s status as an emerging global superpower and his assertion that its rapid economic growth is built upon widespread environmental destruction and social decay. In addition, he will discuss how the Chinese state has lost much of its legitimacy with the country’s majority and is now challenged by both direct and indirect forms of resistance. This is extremely relevant to the international community because, according to Muldavin, "as China’s global integration accelerates, this paradox of growth built on decay has created a shaky foundation for arguably the world’s most important new superpower. This has important implications not only for China but also for the world.”

In addition to teaching at Sarah Lawrence and UCLA, Prof. Muldavin conducted research in China for over 23 years and is currently writing a book on the social and environmental impacts of China’s reforms and global integration. A frequent commentator on China in the media (International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, BBC, etc.) and a recipient of many prestigious research grants, he recently received an SSRC/Abe Fellowship for 2006-08 to continue his work analyzing Japanese environmental aid to China and was awarded an NSF grant for 2006-07 to pursue his research in the Himalayas on comparative international environmental policy between China and India.